I have to be honest, Herring Gulls are not my favourite! But, the last couple of weeks have been interesting and in the end, quite amusing. At least, amusing for my family and friends. I first noticed last week that the Herring Gulls that are always present on the roof of my neighbours house, and my own was acting a bit strangely. It seemed that they were very noisey whenever they saw me and this then developed in to being mobbed whenever I went outside either to the front or back. You would assume that they would 'mob" everyone but no...... just me! We have proved this to be the case by swapping with other adults and the Gull would ignore them and go back to his safe perch only to get very agitated whenever he saw me and continue then to attack me. Even my voice seemed to get the birds excited and they would swoop down to have a go at me. Then I noticed 3 quite large, and by now, active and fat chicks waddling around the roof. All this protective behaviour directed at me is an effort to protect the chicks now living a precarious life on my neighbours roof. But why just attack me? Well I am pretty sure that this is because they see me so often in and around the garden and have come to recognise me and then perceive me as a threat. I suppose we are in for a noisy time as they grow and get more demanding and start to get vociferous as well.`Like I said, they are not my favourite buteach to his own and they deserve to get the chance to survive, albeit perched on my neighbours roof which is hardly a sea cliff and I can think of better places to be reared.
Speckled Bush Cricket..latest.
The Bush Crickets in the garden are growing well and I saw one today in a new place, in fact on the leaves of a garden Lilly. Even though this one waas only around 4mm long they seem to be growing well.